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DXZeff
Posted 2022-09-10 4:05 PM (#2414 - in reply to #2411)
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TM Crusoe

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Probably nothing, but the links seemed to be dead anyway, so I removed them.

That disk controller is annoying, but I've just about gotten it working. Unfortunately I need new RAM for the system and cannot afford it yet, so it might be a while before I can do much with it.
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Brostenen
Posted 2022-09-18 1:45 AM (#2415 - in reply to #71)
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Great success with the controller and harddrives. But yeah. Money does not grow on tree's. But if anyone here is good with genetics and plant dna, then perhaps....

Anyway, jokes aside.

Personally I have been a bit off the net for some time. I have been using my time on playing with different mac mini's. I have had one of them Core2Duo/GMA950 ones set up for my daughter, to play some games. Both OsX and WinXP. I had actually done a nice setup for her, installing some old Dos games that were packed with Dosbox for OsX. Last week I played Minecraft, UT99 and Counterstrike with her. I also bought some games, sadly the DVD drive have halfway given up the spirit on her computer. So I had a choice, between getting a spare drive or buying another machine.

Now... Cracking opne one of them old polycarbonate-body (first gen exteriour design), is not really my idea of a good evening. I would rather eat a glass of jalapenos and have rectum-pain the next day. Than to sit with two thin bladed knifes and slide the cover off one of those Mac Mini's. And I found a newer alu-unibody Mac Mini for around 94 British pounds (including shipping) that had wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and a wireless trackpad. And a spare drive cost around 17/23 pounds (plus shipping). So it was a no-brainer, getting that newer machine, moving data and then setting the old up for sale with the three wireless things in one bundle.

Now the bad news.... I had to install Win7 instead of WinXP on the new machine. As the driverpack Apple had released, were not XP compatible. But the good news is that we can still play Minecraft together in LAN gaming. I also installed Outrun 2006 Coast 2 Coast under OsX, as it is a nice arcade game, and why not, as I had the game anyway. Before I found out that the drive was nearly dead, I got a switch for a closed cabled network, and I had to relearn how to set XP manually up in a network. Dang... It has been aprox 20 years since I did any manual LAN setup under XP. But a little fiddeling and running a wizard, then it eventually got running. But yeah. Took longer than I thought it would.

Now. This new Mac I bought. That is an ok machine. Just under 3ghz Core2Duo and some Geforce 300-something gfx. True 2gb Ram is not much, but I can always buy some more. I think 4gb is enough to start with. As she like to draw and make paintings, then I have installed a program called Comic Life on her Mac. And I have installed Gimp too. Now she need a scanner. Comic Life is a strange and kind of nice program with a cool interface.

Else there is not much going on around my place. I have been using some extra time with my children. Been experimenting with food with my daughter and I have been using some time with my son, talking about strange stuff for his age. He is 11 years old, but he is already interrested in space and stars. Magnetics as in a planets magnetic field. And he is really interrested in basic electronics. I drew a simple linear power supply with transformer and diode bridge, and he kind of ate it raw. I also explained ripple effect and explained him why we use capacitors in such a power supply. The wierdest thing with him and the topic of magnetics. Is that he have always talked about levitation and pull of magnets. That simple basic stuff. And he has never seen, nor been explained a maglev train. And then he just drew up the maglev concept on paper, without even knowing that it has been a thing for many years now, down in Germany or whatever. Like. 11 years old. Just being able to perfectly visualize the maglev concept. Wonderfull for him.

And then I asked him how he would do the engine-part, using magnets only. Yeah, yeah, I am the devil him self, asking that question to an 11 year old. :-D But without big questions, how is he going to think deep?

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DXZeff
Posted 2022-09-23 11:44 PM (#2416 - in reply to #2415)
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TM Crusoe

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My Granddad actually worked on very early maglev trains, but our country decided not to bother developing them further. He's never forgiven the nation for this. He said that he did have fun throwing bits of scrap metal towards the rails, though, and watching it go flying.

There's not much going on here, either. I've been having a bad time with my stomach again, but I'm giving a lot of thought to starting on my second book early next year, especially if I'm not going to be able to go outside much. In the mean time I'll be slowly writing web pages, as I tried to put my 486 web server back online, but it's had board failure, so a 286 has taken its place at dos.dxzeff.com, but the site is really, really unfinished and I've set a goal of only two pages a week so I don't get burned out.
If you try the URL and it doesn't work, try again later, as I can't update while it's running now due to the less powerful machine, so it has to be switched off if I need to change something on it. I'm not even sure NOS' FTP feature is meant to be used internally for fucking about with HTTP pages anyway.
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tedster
Posted 2022-09-28 12:01 AM (#2417 - in reply to #71)
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I've always believed in simple remedies for stomach problems. A spoonful of bicarbonate of soda, in a glass of water, after meals.

Try it for a week, ditch your prescribed meds for the trial and don't have more than 5 spoonful's in a day.
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DXZeff
Posted 2022-09-28 12:10 AM (#2418 - in reply to #2417)
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TM Crusoe

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This would work no better than magnesium hydroxide, only with the added negative of even more gas shoving my diaphragm into my lungs.
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Brostenen
Posted 2022-09-29 7:22 PM (#2419 - in reply to #2418)
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Got my self another Xbox360 250gb. With two original wireless controllers, one original wired controller and two gamestop controller. It came with 4 games (not in picture) that are in near mint condition, with only wear is on covers and of course it came with the PSU. I guess I got lucky, as the console is in cosmetically nearly new. No dust, one or two minor scratches and from non-smoker home. I paid 20 Euro plus shipping.

I needed it for a backup unit, just in case the other dies. As my son plays Xbox360 and he will be sad once he can no longer play his Lego games.

EDIT:
And yes. The wired controllers are working perfect on a RaspberryPI with RetroPIE installed. Just tested it today. :-P


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DXZeff
Posted 2022-10-05 10:25 PM (#2420 - in reply to #2419)
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TM Crusoe

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Can't stand Xbox 360 but at the end of the day if it makes your kid happy, it's probably worth the money.

286 web seems to be holding up while slowly being worked on, as in very slowly. Otherwise I'm making plans to build an electric quadracycle. I wanted to get a moped next year, but it seems I won't be financially able to do it, so I may as well just have fun instead.
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tedster
Posted 2022-10-14 3:07 AM (#2421 - in reply to #2420)
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Looks like a nice haul.

I've got a 360 USB controller for my PC. A lot of games just recognise it and tell you which button to press, which is nice!

I keep meaning to have a go with it on those new boob raider games!
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Brostenen
Posted 2022-10-14 2:48 PM (#2422 - in reply to #2420)
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TM Crusoe

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DXZeff - 2022-10-06 12:25 AM

Can't stand Xbox 360 but at the end of the day if it makes your kid happy, it's probably worth the money.

286 web seems to be holding up while slowly being worked on, as in very slowly. Otherwise I'm making plans to build an electric quadracycle. I wanted to get a moped next year, but it seems I won't be financially able to do it, so I may as well just have fun instead.


Fully worth it. Actually both of my children like Xbox360.

Good to hear that the 286 is comming together, and it does not matter how long it takes, as long as the goal is reached.
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Brostenen
Posted 2022-10-14 2:56 PM (#2423 - in reply to #71)
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As for me. I have also started to finish up a project that I have had in storage for long time. Many moths ago I bought this external harddrive for Amiga500's. It is a Rocktec RocHard RH800C. One of them side-card thingy, that I bought untested and without any PSU. I have been modding it today, so it can get power internally from the side-slot. Just two wires. One for 5v and one for 12v. I found that the power input on the backside, have direct connection to the HDD power plug inside, so my guess is that the external PSU delivers power to the HDD and the Ram gets the power from the Zorro-slot. Does not look pretty with the brown tape, but it will never be seen, once it is reassembled. And by golly, it was dirty inside. Big dark brown and black cakes in the internal fan. I hope it is working so I can use it on one of my 500's.





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Brostenen
Posted 2022-10-15 2:33 PM (#2424 - in reply to #2423)
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Got the RocTec RocHard RH800C Amiga500 sidecar to fully work. But there is something really strange about the drive.
I can use 8 and 32 megabyte CF cards, but a 512 megabyte will not be partitioned. As I have no cards between 32 and 512, then I am kind of stuck.
Anyway... I now have a fully working drive/memory expansion that attaches to the side of Amiga500.

As to the size issue. I have no idea why it reports wrong parameters when using 512mb cards. Even a 512mb DOM will not work.
When trying with a 1gb CF card, the Amiga wont boot at all. So I guess something like 256 or 125 megabyte is max on this controller.
But it is ok. It is for a classic late-80's setup anyway, and 256 or even 125 would be massive for that time periode.
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DXZeff
Posted 2022-10-21 7:29 PM (#2425 - in reply to #2424)
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TM Crusoe

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Not sure what to suggest, but sometimes CHS, LARGE and LBA parameters look quite different and some controllers can only do one of the three.

Hoping to start filming something soon, but it'll be a smaller video as I'm still stuck with just the broken JVC.
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Brostenen
Posted 2022-10-30 7:23 PM (#2426 - in reply to #2425)
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DXZeff - 2022-10-21 9:29 PM

Not sure what to suggest, but sometimes CHS, LARGE and LBA parameters look quite different and some controllers can only do one of the three.

Hoping to start filming something soon, but it'll be a smaller video as I'm still stuck with just the broken JVC.



I have googled the controller. And on some Amiga forum called something in the neighrbourhood of eab, I found a post saying that v1 rom takes up to 256mb IDE and v2 rom takes up to some 1g SCSI. That is all the info that I was able to find. A post from around 2014 or something. Anyway.... I have been testing that Guillemont Soundcard. I popped it into a P4 Socket 478 machine. Just some standard ECS motherboard and GF2-GTS. And what do you know. It just springs to life in Win98se. It has that classic Dream chip, and is SB-Pro compatible. So far I have only hooked everything up, and tested with some MIDI files. It really sounds nice, when playing those MIDI files that comes stock with Win98se.

I might test Doom and Duke3D later on, though it will be through Win98se and not MS. Dos. 6.22. I would really have loved to have pure dos and not Win9x support. But the card is PCI and does not have PcPCI/SB-Link header. :-( :-( Nor MS. Dos 6.22 drivers as such. Unless I figure out how to get a full copy from the location in a Win98se installation.

Anyway.... It will run these late-dos era games through Win98se anyway. So in that sence, the experience is not really gone in a way when in the game it self.

Unpacking of card..... REALLY sorry about bad English.... My accent is like that of crap.

EDIT:
I hope, that the soundcard does not have the same guitar as Creative AWE cards. Those have like the absolute worst guitar of all these wave-table cards.


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DXZeff
Posted 2022-11-26 10:03 AM (#2428 - in reply to #2426)
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TM Crusoe

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Only EMU chips should have the AWE guitar.

A board was ordered to replace the big Everex. I've done all I can, but it seems like one of the PALs has gone wonky and without the original formulas - which would only ever have been known to the design team at Everex - there's no way to fix it. As such, I bought this board and a very similar broken one for spares:


As this one uses LSIs instead of PALs, it should be repairable if it runs into a similar failure mode. It isn't quite as capable, however. No big deal as I have a fast 386 for that stuff, so it should be fine if I can make it work.

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